It is a legal requirement for all vehicles on the road to maintain the minimum standard of safety to protect drivers and the environment. The experts at Pantech Auto Technicians in Guildford have put together a motorbike MOT guide to help you pass your upcoming motorcycle MOT.
How often does my motorcycle need an MOT?
If your motorbike is between 3 and 40 years old, it must be presented for an annual MOT (Ministry of Transport) test. Riding without a valid MOT can result in a £1000 fine and will invalidate your insurance.
What does an MOT test involve?
The MOT test will examine the important parts of your motorcycle to check that they meet the legal and environmental standards. It is not the same as having a vehicle service and does not check the general mechanical condition. It does not cover the condition of the engine, clutch and gearbox.
How much does it cost?
The government website details the exact cost for your motorcycle, which is dependent on the engine size and whether or not it contains a sidecar.
- Motorcycle with engine size up to 200cc: £29.65
- Motorcycle & sidecar with engine size up to 200cc: £37.80
- Motorcycle with engine size over 200cc: £29.65
- Motorcycle & sidecar with engine size over 200cc: £37.80
Motorcycle parts checked at an MOT
A motorcycle MOT test does not involve an inspection of its general mechanical condition, or the engine, clutch, or gearbox. The following important parts will be checked:
- their condition
- if they work correctly if they are secure
- that the headlamp is the correct colour
- if the rear lights, indicators and reflectors work
Wheels and Tyres
- their condition
- that they’re secure
- the size and type
- correct fitment
- the tread depth
- the valve condition
- the condition
- the operation and performance (efficiency)
- the brake controls
What do the MOT results mean?
At each stage of the MOT test, the motorcycle is assessed on a five-grade scale. The first three grades are a pass:
- Pass: the minimum legally required standard of road safety.
- Advisory: an issue could develop in the future, and will need to be fixed when required.
- Minor: an issue that isn’t a significant risk, but should be repaired as soon as possible.
The next two grades indicate a failure:
- Major: an issue that could affect other drives or the environment and must be repaired immediately.
- Dangerous: the motorcycle carries a direct risk to the driver or the environment, and is not road safe or legal.
Motorcycle MOT Test in Guildford
As a registered member of the RMI (Retail Motor Industry Federation) and with longstanding service in Guildford, Surrey, you can be certain that we offer a wealth of experience with our local support.
We provide our motorcycle MOT service from Monday to Saturday, and the test will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. During your Guildford MOT test, you can relax and have a coffee in our waiting area or head into the nearby Guildford Town Centre, which features a full range of shops and amenities including the Friary shopping centre.
Should there be anything wrong with your motorcycle, our technicians can offer to repair the issue. As keen riders ourselves, you can rest knowing your motorcycle is in safe hands.
If you would like to book your motorcycle in for an MOT test, repairs or servicing, please do not hesitate to contact us at Pantech Auto Technicians today.